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Whether you are a delegate, an employee, a sponsor, or a young person we have opportunities for you to get involved.

You can register your interest in attending the 2020 Innovation Festival now by clicking on the 'Sign up' button below!


Choose to be a Festival Explorer or a Festival Delegate.


There are a number of ways you can take part in the Innovation Festival 2020, whether you have a spare 30 minutes or full days, there’s something to suit everyone.

Festival Explorer

You’re a festival explorer if you want complete flexibility to dip in and out and see what’s happening over the week. Everyone is welcome here to see what’s going on, there’s no time commitment and there’s no experience needed. There’s so many exciting things for you to be involved in over the week, including:  

  • Join the daily warm up / welcome
  • Sign up to wellbeing activities
  • Listen to inspirational ‘lightning talks’ (TED style) from innovation to resilience, or starting up your own business
  • Enjoy the evening social events
  • And lots lots more . . . 

You’re a festival delegate if you want to take an active part in a design sprint, data hack, a year’s worth of work in a week or a daily dash on one of the topic challenges. Choose this option to register your interest in being part of the group working on a solution to the challenge. 


Places for festival delegates are limited, if your chosen challenge is oversubscribed you’ll be added to a waiting list or we’ll suggest you join a different challenge where places are available. The challenge lead will contact you when your place has been approved. 


Delegates can be sponsors, students, employees, customers, stakeholders or partners.


Choose from a number of activities to take part in across the week. This could be a Sprint, a Years Worth of Work in a Week (YWIW), a Hack or a Daily Dash.


Check out the IF20 Line up here to help you choose.

Monday - Thursday 


Sprints, a Year's worth of work in a week (YWIW) and Daily dashes - take place each day Monday to Thursday. Activities start at 8.15am and daytime activities will close around 5pm.


Hacks are taking place Tuesday - Thursday. Activities start at 8.15am and daytime Hack activities will close around 5pm.


Friday is open to the Platinum, Sprint and Hack sponsors to work with NWG senior leaders to drive forward the outputs from their sprints, YWIW, daily dash or hack. For all other sponsors the festival will end with the Thursday evening celebration.

Early evening
Monday - Wednesday


Join us for a virtual drinks reception and visit our virtual Mainstage and Exhibition stands in Virtual Expo to catch up with friends old and new.

Evening activities
Join us for an evening of entertainment.

Innovation Festival 2020 Registration Open